Beach given 'eco' award despite dune controversy

  • Torre de Benagalbón beach has been given 'Ecoplaya' status for the first time

Torre de Benagalbón beach in Rincón de la Victoria, along with Lagos, which belongs to Vélez-Málaga, have been awarded 'Ecoplaya' status for the first time.

Ironically Torre de Benalgabón has been given the environmental award just weeks after the Junta de Andalucía voted to ignore residents' and environmentalists and go ahead with the controversial construction of a promenade, which the groups believe will destroy the natural ecosystem of the sand dunes in the area.

Other beaches in the Axarquía that already fly the flag are Torre del Mar, Benajarafe, El Hornillo in Almayate and Caleta de Vélez.

The Ecoplaya award is given to towns whose beaches are considered to meet criteria such as waste management, environmental education and sustainable equipment.